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SEAN DILLINGHAM MEET THE LOCAL ACTOR AND COMEDIAN WHO IS MAKING IT BIG IN HOLLYWOOD

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features 30 Sean Dillingham

The Arizona-based actor talks improvisation, comedy and his rise to the top

34 Music on the Mind Meet seven local must-hear bands and musicians 66 Bright, Bold & Breezy Vacation-ready ensembles with vibrant, feminine flair

ON THE COVER: Sean Dillingham, photo by Mark Morgan, www. markmorganphotography.org.

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uptown now 43 Captured

Taiko takeover

44 Low Down News to know

48 Do

It’s event season!

49 Event

Plated & Staged … A Herberger Theater Experience

50 Calendar

Noteworthy events

52 Out

trendsetters 15 Up Close Meet the duo behind Huss Brewing Company

Welcome to Nirvana

54 Cheers The Womack’s Side car

Jim Edwards brings his love of sports to life

55 Cuisine

How James Goodnow is changing the workforce for millennials everywhere

22 Her Style Lauren McBride is holistically styled

24 His Style

Greg Peterson’s urban farm look

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MICHAEL FITZMAURICE, MD Founder of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute Double Board Certified Hand Surgeon

Between regularly sending emails and text messages on your smart phone, spending hours gripping the steering wheel in rush hour traffic, and playing hours of tennis on the weekends, your hands are locked in an endless cycle of repetitive motions that typically go unnoticed until pain sets in. Soreness at the base of the thumb, pain, or a clicking, snapping, or locking sensation while the thumb is in motion could be a sign of trigger thumb. Trigger thumb can result from tendon inflammation due to repetitive gripping motions, or from an underlying medical condition like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice has pioneered a minimally invasive procedure to treat trigger thumb in Arizona without the need for complicated and invasive traditional surgery. The EndoTech® Endoscopic Trigger Thumb Release system was designed by Dr. Fitzmaurice and is available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute. EndoTech® uses a small incision and an endoscopic technique to fix the injured tendon in an outpatient procedure. With EndoTech® , you’ll be back in motion, firm grip in tact, in no time!

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ean Dillingham – If you haven’t heard of him or seen him yet, you likely will soon. The improv comedian, stand-up performer and dedicated actor is making waves in Hollywood as an up-andcoming actor. The Arizona-based comedy club owner, who also happens to be our cover feature this month, has appeared in commercials, movies and television shows, and worked alongside some of the best actors and comedians in the business. We talked with him on page 30 about his accidental comedy career, improv methods, and why continuously training is necessary for an actor. Speaking of entertainment, we’re also highlighting seven local bands and musicians on page 34 for this month’s feature. From duos and larger bands to solo artists, we’re talking unique sounds, inspiration and Valley venues. Whether you’re into hip-hop, indie, country or rap, there’s something for everyone. Spring is also in full force (even though it may feel like summer outside), so quite a few of our sections are in bloom this month. We’re talking spring cleaning … for your face, on page 60, as well as bright, colorful dishes on page 80. Our style sections have also caught spring fever, with vibrant green home items on page 56 and bold and breezy fashions on page 66. Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief gabby@richmanmediagroup.com Find our magazine on Facebook!

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Dr. Fitzmaurice has performed thousands of minimally-invasive, endoscopic hand procedures in Arizona over the last decade.

You never appreciate how important the thumb is to regular activities until a tendon injury compromises movement. Repetitive motion from everyday activities such as typing on a laptop or playing a favorite sport, can lead to swelling and inflammation of the tendon sheath, the condition known as De Quervains Tendinitis. This causes pain and limited mobility of the wrist and thumb.

Developed by board certified hand surgeon Michael Fitzmaurice, M.D., and available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix, Endotech uses a small incision and endoscope to repair the injured tendons. Most patients experience immediate relief and improved movement immediately following the procedure, and can return to work in as little as one week!

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staff, you’ll find friendly and helpful faces at every turn, dedicated to bringing premium ticketholders and their guests a hassle-free experience. Best of all, the perks aren’t limited to just one location; with your Live Nation season tickets, you’ll have access to many other great Valley-area shows, including The Weekend, John Legend, John Mayer, Metallica, and more! Treat your family and friends to a night of fun and togetherness they’ll talk about for years to come. Reward your employees for a job well done with an indulgent VIP event. Dazzle your clients with memorably thrilling, up close and personal entertainment. Or just spoil your inner music fanatic with the best concerts the industry has to offer, in the perfect upscale atmosphere. No matter who you’re sharing the experience with, Live Nation’s Premium Seat & Box Program allows you to have an amazing time with the people who matter most – and a diverse selection of shows that will appeal to anyone on your list.

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Huss Brewing Company, Arizona’s third largest brewer, settles into Uptown Plaza BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN

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Uptown Plaza has come a long way since debuting in 1955. Less than two years ago, Vintage Partners, along with some of the Valley’s most intuitive minds, transformed the dilapidated suburban shopping center into what has quickly become Phoenix’s hottest neighborhood hub. The Southwestern stucco has been replaced by midcentury modern amenities and trendy storefronts, but the original exposed brick facade and 1950s charm remain very much intact, a reminder of an era when community was at the forefront. APRIL 2017 |

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up close Nobody craves this old-fashioned frame of mind more than Jeff and Leah Huss, the husband and wife team behind Uptown Plaza’s newest tenant, Huss Brewing Company. The couple’s new taproom, an extension of the brewery’s Tempe locale, is slated to open April 14 and will play a vital role in restoring the neighborhood feel that Uptown’s revitalization has begun to establish. Apart from an expansive pet-friendly patio and seamless indoor-outdoor layout, the taproom will feature an enticing lineup of Huss’ award-winning craft beers, including the Husstler Milk Stout, That’ll Do IPA, Magic in the Ivy Pale Ale and deeply refreshing Scottsdale Blonde. A modest yet expertly crafted menu of shared plates and appetizers will reinforce the focus on community, while options to carry out from neighboring restaurants – Zookz Sandwiches, Flower Child and Shake Shack are just across the way. The taproom has been a long time coming, a vision Jeff and Leah have been toying with since the success of their Tempe taproom, which opened in 2013. Though the space has served as the perfect spot for locals to sample Huss favorites, it was never equipped to satisfy the Huss’ tenacious ambitions. The couple’s appetite for craft beer developed independently and organically, an inevitable passion ignited by their Midwestern roots – and in Jeff’s case, the monotony of higher education. “I hated my major,” he laughs. “I started homebrewing in college and at one point, stumbled upon this bar that had 50 taps and 100 bottles.” The hidden gem became his designated afterschool hangout and immediately following graduation, he headed to the Siebel Institute in Chicago and after, the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany. Leah can’t pinpoint the start of her journey with the same precision, but credits her interest to early bottles of Sierra Nevada and a degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Her education ultimately led her to Papago Brewing Co. where she served as managing partner until Huss acquired the brand in 2016. Although his undergraduate sales degree proved surprisingly useful in

the beginning (“For a year, Jeff was the brewer, salesperson and delivery driver,” professes Leah), many of those early responsibilities have been transferred to their multitalented General Manager Chip Mulala, who has played an integral role in helping the couple navigate the complexities of packaging and distributing their product throughout Arizona. Huss’ freshly fermented beers are now available in 12-ounce cans, growlers and on draft at some of the Valley’s finest restaurants and grocery stores, many of which are located in Uptown Plaza and the surrounding neighborhoods. “The restaurants in Uptown have brought everything together and given it an identity,” says Mulala. “The fact that we have [preexisting] partnerships with so many of them and are doubling down with a flagship location provides a great opportunity for people to connect and correlate Huss with what they’ve seen elsewhere.” This aside, the trio envisions the family oriented taproom becoming much more than Uptown’s newest watering hole. Huss’ new gathering space will also serve as a catalyst for philanthropy

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and camaraderie, supporting causes and organizations specific to the area’s historic neighborhoods. “When you start to develop a community, it creates a sense of home in the truest form,” Leah explains. “With the revitalization of Uptown and Downtown, I think we’re finally getting back to our roots and it is so exciting for us to be a part of that.” The stage has been set. Opposition from residents who initially expressed concern about the possible repercussions of welcoming a new drinking destination to the area have been peacefully resolved, clearing the way for a smooth and highly anticipated grand opening later this month. Nobody, however, is quite as eager as the Husses themselves. “Sorry it took so long,” Jeff teases, casting an apologetic look towards his wife. Leah laughs and rolls her eyes, but her expression gives it all away. This longtime dream of theirs, unmanageable at times and exhilarating at others, has been well worth the wait. For more information, visit www.hussbrewing.com.


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A STORY FOR THE LEGENDS How Jim Edwards is focusing on the history of the game BY KELLY POTTS PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

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ongtime Arcadia businessman, youth sports coach and civic leader Jim Edwards has now taken on a new title: chief wordsmith. Edwards’ latest venture Daily Dose Sports (www.dailydsports.com) is an online magazine that delivers one new article each day to readers, centered on Edwards’ passion – sports. “When I was in elementary school, I would buy sports biopics and was always interested in the history of the legends or historic sports site,” Edwards says. “I’m not one to write about last night’s score, or who won what championship, but more of the history of the championship game.” His ultimate goal? To remind die-hard fans of incredible athletes and moments that shaped their lives through sports. The stories began as a simple daily email to Edwards’ close friends. With a passion for writing, Edwards knew this would be his next venture and could grow into something more. And that it did. With now over 2,500 subscribers (and growing), Edwards says his hope is to be the best way his readers start their day – with sports and a cup of coffee.

Etc.

When you are not writing, what are you doing? When I am not writing, I am spending time outdoors with my black lab, gardening, or exercising. What is your favorite thing about living in the Valley? My favorite part about living in the Valley is its beauty, climate and opportunity to do so much outdoors. If you had to pick one place to vacation, where would that be? My favorite vacation spot is Coronado, California. Favorite place to dine or play in the Valley: [My] favorite restaurants are Craft 64 for thin crust pizza, Tarbell’s Tavern for a relaxing meal and good bottle of wine, and Daily Dose Grill in Old Town Scottsdale for an amazing breakfast. UPTOWN |

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BRIDGING THE GAP James Goodnow is changing the workforce for millennials everywhere BY BROOKE GOLDSTEIN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

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illennials often get a bad reputation for their supposed lack of drive or laziness in the workplace. James Goodnow – attorney and millennial himself – is set out on a mission to defy stereotypes and change the way his generation is looked at. Through his practice at Fennemore Craig, P.C. law, Goodnow – a Harvard Law School graduate – is one of the youngest leaders ever selected for the company’s management team. Through his experience in the field, Goodnow realized that generations communicate differently, often talking past one another or using different methods to achieve the same goals. “Seeing this misunderstanding play out time and again motivated me to flag some of the easy techniques I’ve seen that can be effective in bridging the divide,” he says. Goodnow and co-author Ryan Avery saw an opportunity to present solutions to this widespread issue with their recently released book, Motivating Millennials. “I hope people walk away with concrete tips on how to better understand, recruit, retain and motivate millennial workers – which will hopefully help the bottom line and build an enduring, thriving business,” Goodnow says.

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How does it feel being the youngest member of your firm’s senior leadership team? Humbling. The night I was asked to be on the firm’s management committee, I literally didn’t sleep. What are your hopes for your book, Motivating Millenials? I hope the book can help business leaders get into the head of millennials and understand that, contrary to popular belief, we can work with all generations to help strengthen and grow businesses. What advice do you have for recent graduates looking for a job? Forge your own path and be creative. What’s great about today’s digital world is that if the job you want doesn’t exist, you can create it. UPTOWN |

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top by the Kaleidoscope Juice bar at The Madison Improvement Club any day of the week and you’ll likely stumble upon a Luon®-clad Lauren McBride, Skypeconferencing with her online clients and drafting nutrition plans that would make Gwyneth Paltrow proud. Since earning her certification as a holistic wellness practitioner in 2010, the lifelong fitness enthusiast and model/ actress has made some impressive headway. Aside from launching an online business as a nutritionist and fitness and life coach, McBride has authored several e-books, welcomed a precious baby boy and strengthened her modeling portfolio, all while maintaining an effortless sense of style. “Because I play so many roles, I have to keep my wardrobe versatile,” she says. More often than not, she’ll opt for a pair of black leggings, which transition well from auditions to heated yoga classes. When life calls for something a little swankier, McBride simply follows her intuition. “When I wear something that doesn’t match my mood, I feel off all day,” she says. “As long as you’re wearing something that makes you feel like you, then you’ve got on the perfect outfit!”

Lauren McBride dishes on wellness, athlesuire and everything in between. BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK

You’ll never catch me wearing… a handbag that could pay my mortgage. I spend my money at Whole Foods before [indulging] in designer brands! A beautiful handbag can be a powerful statement piece, but it’s just not me. Which summer trend are you looking forward to? Bikinis! I live in them in the summer. I’m so excited for the new super strappy, geometric, cut out styles that are in right now. What’s in your gym bag? Hair ties, Not Vodka water bottle, ear buds, hand towel, Blum Naturals cucumber face towelettes, Origin’s ginger essence natural perfume, Drop Dead Gorgeous dry shampoo for brunettes, Tarte Amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer, Sky Organics eucalyptus mint lip balm, hair brush, curling iron, an extra pair of socks and an outfit to change into. UPTOWN |

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PROBING FOR TRUTH: IS YOUR MECHANIC A CAR PRO OR A CON ARTIST? APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH, AND WE’VE ASKED THE EXPERT – SHAHE KOULLOUKIAN, OWNER OF MAZVO AUTO CARE CENTER – FOR ADVICE ON PUTTING YOUR CAR’S “HEALTH” IN GOOD HANDS.

Imagine it: you’re cruising down the highway jamming to your favorite tunes when suddenly a light on the dashboard warns that your car is overheating. When you take your vehicle to an automotive shop, the mechanic informs you that your water pump needs to be replaced. And, oh, so does your air filter … and look! Your brakes are in need of replacement as well! As you fork over much more money than you anticipated, you can’t help but wonder if these operations are truly necessary, or if you’re the victim of a needless sale. Auto repair can be tricky business. There are plenty of competent, honest mechanics out there, but like any profession, there are also some bad apples that have no druthers about selling you unneeded repairs to rip you off – and every consumer should know how to sort the former from the latter. “A good mechanic will save you a tremendous amount of money and headache,” says Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Care Center. And your first line of defense is to know your car, he advises. Start by reading its owners’ manual, familiarizing yourself with your car’s specific parts and learning how each system works. Secondly, keep a record of all repairs your car has had. “If a mechanic is recommending repairs, just flip through your repair history folder,” suggests Shahe. “If they’ve been done within the past year or so, you probably don’t need them done again.” Once you’ve learned how your vehicle operates and logged its previous repairs, you’re better-equipped to know if you’re being swindled. But how do you go about finding a trustworthy automo-

tive pro who won’t swindle you in the first place? Start by doing your homework. Get referrals from friends and family, and make a visit to the facility just to introduce yourself and look around. If the repair shop takes the time and effort to walk you through, answer your questions without making you feel rushed or bothersome, and tell you a little about themselves, you’re on the right path. Another important tip from our expert: start with a small, routine job. “Go in for an oil change or a simple inspection,” says Shahe. “Just like with your health, it’s better to build a relationship with a doctor through regular check-ups than to try and find a new doc when you’ve got a major problem.” After the job is complete, assess your experience. Was it positive overall? Did the shop give you their full attention and go out of their way to empower you to understand their services and why they provided them? If your first experience goes well, you can start to trust them with bigger jobs. Finding that “special someone” who embodies all the qualities you’d ever hope to find in a mechanic is crucial, no matter how well-versed you are when it comes to your car. You need a repair shop that blends technologically-advanced training with the old-fashioned values of trust and transparency, so you are always assured that you’re getting only what your car needs, at precisely the right time. With a bit of homework on your end, and thoughtful engagement with the repair shop, you can be sure you’re getting good work done for a valuable price. Man or woman, expert or novice, everyone should get the honest car repair experience they deserve.

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ince founding Urban Farm (www. urbanfarm.org) in 2001, Greg Peterson has been getting down and dirty, transforming the global food system and inspiring people to embrace their inner greenness through community events, online courses and in-person lectures. “I have a choice every day … to make a difference in the world,” he says. “I’m very passionate about being an urban farmer [and] building new things that create a positive change.” It’s an ambitious yet invaluable mission, one that demands perseverance, faith and a closet full of Levi’s in a rainbow of different washes. Though he spends several hours each day on the Urban Farm – planting, cleaning and primping – Peterson’s work as an entrepreneur and educator does require him to clean up from time to time. “I wouldn’t be caught away from home in my ratty farm clothes,” he laughs, referring to his collection of well-worn T-shirts and battered shorts. “My go-to for a speaking event is a pair of slim cut [Levi] 501s. [Add] a nicely pressed Alfani dress shirt and I’m all set.”

Sustainability innovator Greg Peterson dispels stereotypes with his casual, understated look BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK

What is your most prized possession? Two things: My relationship with my sweetheart, Heidi, and my mission and vision in life. If you’re looking for something tangible, I’m pretty attached to my home, the Urban Farm, and my 1985 Toyota pickup. You’ll never catch me wearing … Plaid – I’m game for pretty much everything else! What would I be surprised to find in your closet? A pair of ASICS running shoes. I’m a Legacy Runner for the P.F. Chang’s [Rock ‘n’ Roll] Half Marathon. What advice would you give to someone who’s just getting the hang of his or her green thumb? Gardening in the desert is a great big grand experiment. In 42 years of growing, I have killed more plants than most – not on purpose, of course. Each [day] is a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes, but most of all, learn. UPTOWN |

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BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN

Arizona actor and improv expert, Sean Dillingham, makes big strides in Hollywood Sean Dillingham, originally from Europe, moved around a lot as a military child. He grew up in cities across the U.S., but Arizona eventually became home. Dillingham found company in the films he watched as a young boy. The narratives of characters projected onto his screen, especially characters played by Gene Kelly, inspired Dillingham to pursue acting. “I wanted to be an actor since I was about eight when I saw my first Gene Kelly movie,” Dillingham recalls. Dillingham began to pursue his acting aspirations as a teenager. He auditioned and performed for every high school play and acted in community theater shortly after graduating high school. “A lot of actors [in community theater] pursued improv troupes, so I joined one in 1987. These actors were also aspiring comedians,” he adds. “My first stand up performance was in 1988 at a comedy club in Tucson.” UPTOWN |

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Dillingham went on to perfect his craft at LA-based companies that specialize in improvisation and sketch comedy. He studied at Improv Olympic (iO West), The Second City Training Center in Hollywood and The Groundlings. “[My experiences at iO West, The Second City, and The Groundlings] introduced me to another level of comedic performing, comedic acting, where I was allowed to make free choices and trust my gut instincts,” he says. Along with Gene Kelly, Dillingham always enjoyed the acts of Robin Williams, Steve Martin and Bob Hope. After his studies, Dillingham had had an itch take more comedic rolls on stage – rolls that were reminiscent to the ones that Williams, Martin and Hope often portrayed. Stand-up comedy, specifically improv, offered Dillingham an opportunity to scratch that itch. “I never really decided to pursue comedy as a career, it just sort of snowballed. Getting into stand up was amazing because it was the rawest form of theater. I liked being able to instantly perform, not necessarily rehearse so much,” he explains. Dillingham’s stand-up performances ride on complete improvisation. That’s right – no rehearsals, no notecards and not even the faintest idea about the performance’s trajectory. His show caters to each unique audience, which makes no one show like the last. “I get my material from the audience members. It's completely improvised and made up in the moment,” Dillingham says. The comedian spontaneously creates jokes specific to any audience. His show’s interactive element makes audience members leave feeling included and integrated into his craft. His confidence takes center stage as soon as his picks up the mic, which eliminates any inkling of stage fright. “I used to get nervous performing, but not anymore,” he confesses. “Now, I trust my instincts and my ability. I have a lot of self-confidence when I go on stage. You have to, and I think audiences appreciate that.” Dillingham admits that his ability to think fast on his feet helped him land more and more acting roles. His background in improv allows him to think outside of the box as an actor, giving him a competitive edge. UPTOWN |

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“I am not afraid to take chances during an audition for filming. Sometimes the greatest moments can come out of improvising in the moment.” He adds, “When I walk onto a set I have to have the character, the energy and the confidence ready to go; otherwise, it won’t be believable.” Improvisation may come naturally to this comedic actor, but it didn’t come overnight. Dillingham learned to trust his gut to make smart choices while practicing off stage and performing live. “You walk a razor’s edge somewhere in between being hysterical and possibly insulting people. It's not just being mean to people it's going off their energy, perhaps turning it back on you, and making the most of a moment. It's not like doing a stand-up act at all because improv is in the moment. The audience feels that and realizes, ‘this guy is working without a net.’” Working without a net has proven successful for Dillingham. The actor has appeared in over 65 commercials and 30 films. His latest big screen performance was in the 2012 film On the Road, directed by Walter Salles and produced by Francis Ford Coppola. He also recently made an appearance on the season finale of NBC’s newest hit, This is Us. Dillingham has shared the stage with veteran performers – such as Louie Anderson, Rick Springfield and Victoria APRIL 2017 |

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Jackson – and has worked on films with a long list of stars, including Jane Seymour and Patrick Duffy. “The people I’ve had the opportunity to work with have all been very friendly. To work with them was amazing because I got to see such seasoned professionals, and I learned a lot just by watching their performances,” he says. With over thirty years of acting experience, Dillingham decided to establish his own comedy club to lend budding performers his expertise. The Comedy Spot Comedy Club and Theater (7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale; www.thecomedyspot.net) opened its doors in 2002 to bring more performance opportunities to the Valley. Dillingham’s comedy club offers individuals of all acting levels a relaxed environment to learn, entertain and have fun. “[We offer a variety of classes,] including stand up comedy every Tuesday night and drop in improv on Wednesday nights. This summer we are offering teen and kids improv classes as well,” explains Dillingham. No comedian – veteran or rookie – is exempt from training. Training is key to any successful act. Take it from an expert: “Actors like to say if I'm not acting, I should be training. For some reason, people don't think they need to learn anything about stand-up comedy. And they do. It requires a certain set of tools just like any other skill does.” He continues, “If you don't think you should be taking classes and learning, well I certainly hope your doctor or dentist doesn't feel that way too. Get training!” After studying at some of the most respected companies in the country and working alongside A-listers in the industry, Dillingham has established himself as an actor, improv performer, comedy club owner, instructor and comedian. Like the actors that inspired him growing up, Dillingham is now inspiring others. “As an actor I have the best job in the world. Every day I get to go to work and be something new. One day a pirate. One day an army man. One day a cop. One day a gangster. It's always new and challenging. I love doing improv and teaching improv. I love the freedom that it gives me to create characters and scenes and emotions that can move an audience. That is very gratifying.”


Play On Seven must-hear local bands and musicians

BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND GABBY RICHMAN PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN

There’s no doubt that music is a universal language, something that transcends our differences and has the power to heal, uplift and, of course, entertain. And the Valley’s music landscape is ripe with talent across many genres, from country and hip-hop to indie-folk and jazz. Here, we highlight the sounds and melodic stylings of seven bands and musicians – and where on the local scene you can hear them play.

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The Waters With a poetic grace in their lyrics and melodies, The Waters – comprised of singer/ songwriter and rhythm guitarist Krystal Baker and guitarist Sturgis Waters – are a duo self-described as “where love and music collide.” Not only have they been playing together for 16 years; they’ve been married for 10 of those. Their acoustic sound has roots in folk and rock with elements of ethereal textures, amplified by Baker’s haunting vocals juxtaposed with Waters’ colorful guitar melodies. Playing both original songs as well as unique arrangements of other artists, their love of music is evident and provides a universal connection for audiences. Simply put, The Waters believe in the power of music, stating, “We do what we do because we can’t afford therapy, and because it’s the best job in the world, even when it’s not.” The duo can be seen every Wednesday at Center Stage at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch and most weekends at Arizona Biltmore or jade bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. Sometimes joined by a bass guitarist and drummers, the full band plays regularly at Kazimierz World Wine Bar, Crescent Ballroom and The Rhythm Room.

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Jacob Morris Though only 19 years old, Jacob Morris recalls the sound of a seasoned country crooner. Taking influences from artists like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson, he seeks to make music reminiscent of those who have laid the path of country music before him, music that is a foot in the past and also a step into the future. With a comfortable mix of modern and traditional sounds, Morris’ music is very story-oriented; the singer says he fell in love with country music at a young age because the songwriters were storytellers at heart. Now, as a musician himself, Morris wants those who hear his music to feel the experience of where a song came from or why it was written. He says, “I make music for a higher purpose. Getting a response from a fan who has received a song of yours on a much more personal level is the most gratifying thing an artist can experience. I’m addicted to that feeling, and I’ll continue to chase it.” You’ll find him performing at The Montauk on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons, as well as other East Valley locations including Whiskey Row.

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House of Stairs

With music that’s irrevocably jazz, House of Stairs also draws from funk, soul, electronic and pop influences to create a distinct progressive sound. Because their music is so multifaceted, it has been described as an “aural, visual and emotional Rubik’s Cube.” Others call it chamber soul or Erykah Badu meets Radiohead. Regardless of label, there’s no doubt House of Stairs is a one-of-a-kind collective – their instrumentation is unique (there is no guitar or bass guitar); they play in every meter, from three to 13; and vocalist Holly Pyle loops her vocal harmonies live. The result toggles the line between art and music while weaving in poetry, generating an imaginative exploration in sound that the band hopes will serve as inspiration for people to be their authentic selves and seek out what they most desire in life. House of Stairs frequents many venues, including Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar, The Nash, The Rebel Lounge, Musical Instrument Museum, The Rhythm Room, Kazimierz World Wine Bar, Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Twisted Lizard Tavern & Grille, The Vig Arcadia, and Casablanca Rooftop Lounge.

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LUXXE You might recognize this five-member band if you attended last month’s Bon Jovi concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena; LUXXE was selected as part of a contest through Live Nation to be the opening act for the rock band. Consisting of Seth Smades, lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist; Devon Quartullo on drums; Nullin Hassan on keys; Michael Gessert on lead electric guitar; and Evan Yuen on bass guitar, the selfdescribed “Americana pop folk” group takes inspiration from bands like One Republic and The Lumineers. Their debut EP, Rolling Thunder, which contains five original songs is currently out, though their live performances are what captivates fans and embodies who they are as artists. Dubbed high-energy, the group diversifies their sound when in front of an audience, characteristically playing songs that range from acoustic ballads to high-energy rock, and sometimes even flute solos. On any given day, you’ll find LUXXE on the schedule at Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar, The Rebel Lounge, Marquee Theatre, or Pub Rock Live.

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Sincerely Collins Though Sincerely Collins is known for his hip-hop sound, he draws inspiration from all genres. Exposed to oldies and smooth jazz by his grandparents while growing up, the artist fuses those sentimental sounds with his love of authentic pop records and alternative music to create a genre all his own. Sincerely Collins emerged on the scene with his single Light Work, which hit No. 1 on Phoenix’s Power 98.3 and 101.9, and his new single, Possible, is following close behind. The 15-year songwriting veteran takes inspiration from his life and translates his experiences into his work, saying, “Music was there for me in the darkest of times, and music has now blessed me with a life that others dream of.” And now Sincerely Collins is paying it forward – you can often find the meditator and vegan giving motivational speeches and seminars at local Valley high schools. When he’s not inspiring people with his speeches, you can typically find him inspiring them through his lyrics at Livewire or Marquee Theatre.

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The Breaking Pattern In 2015, The Breaking Pattern emerged and was immediately welcomed with high praise from fans and critics alike. In fact, the four-person band (vocalist Derek Hackman is pictured) has been dubbed the face of the emo revival movement in Phoenix, with a flair for fusing flowery, introspective lyrics with melodic guitars and ambient sounds. Described as atmospheric pop, The Breaking Pattern incorporates hyper-poetic language, a signature part of their sound that lends a thoughtful element and speaks to the soul. It’s this space – where poetry meets melody – that has garnered them such a cult-like following and accolades from the likes of The Huffington Post. When asked why they do what they do, Hackman’s poetic nature is found in his answer. “It just feels good to contribute to a culture I love through a community that accepted me. If I can successfully convey an idea that someone else is struggling to express, then I have succeeded in my responsibility as an artist.” Find them taking the stage at The Rebel Lounge, Pub Rock Live, Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar, FiftyOne West, Nile Theater, and many of the all-ages venues.

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Upsahl

Singer and songwriter Taylor Upsahl – who goes by the stage name Upsahl, which also serves as the name of her band – seemed destined to be a performer. With a father in the local music scene, 18-year-old Upsahl got her start at an even younger age; by the time she was a junior at the Arizona Academy of the Arts, she’d already headlined Crescent Ballroom. Upsahl recently released Unfamiliar Light, an evolved alternative album, though her sweet, soulful sound has also been described as poppy indie-folk with a maturity well beyond her youth. Upsahl writes about complex situations, resulting in relatable content that continues to intrigue audiences. And in her lyrical creations, she finds solace for herself. “No matter what hardships or challenges I’m dealing with or how stressed I am, music is always my source of stability and comfort,” she says. “I think that this goes to show the power that music has and its ability to impact people in such a crucial way.” Upsahl will hit the road on a West Coast tour this summer, but you can frequently find them at Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar and The Rebel Lounge.

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The community gathered at Heritage and Science Park Downtown for Arizona Matsuri, the 33rd Annual Festival of Japan. The two-day event featured Japanese-centered exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, bonsai displays, food, beer and sake, games and contests, and live entertainment. Among the many performances was one by Odaiko Sonora, a Tucson-based taiko – or Japanese ensemble drumming – group that formed in 2002. Photo taken Feb. 25, 11:26 a.m.

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Got a Green Thumb?

Keep Phoenix Beautiful recently found a new home for its free garden series. The organization invites residents to Burton Barr Library in Downtown Phoenix to experience the mini and full gardenthemed workshops. Schedule: April 13, 6:30 p.m. – The beauty of desert plants: Choosing the right plants for your landscape April 29, 9:30 a.m. – Watering methods outside the box (or hose) May 6, 9:30 a.m. – Smart controllers and efficient watering

Splash Around

With temperatures rising each day, what could be better than a cool, fun water experience? Splurge Ice Cream and Candy Shop, Luci’s at The Orchard and Pomelo recently announced the opening of their splash pad. The kid-friendly water feature invites families to grab an ice cream cone or snack while playing outside and enjoying the warm spring days ahead. www.pomelophx.com. PHOTO BY STEVE SHANKMAN

Gallery gab

FOUND:RE Phoenix recently announced its latest gallery space installation, Tres Cabrones, which will run through April 30. Tres Cabrones will be the first rotation to grace FOUND:RE’s gallery, showcasing works from this triple threat of prominent local artists: Gennaro Garcia, Joe Ray and Frank Ybarra. The artists’ mission: The meek may inherit the earth at some point, but they will never be as much fun, or as colorful as the three Cabrones. The exhibit, exploring the U.S. and Mexico border, is the result of the trio’s ongoing collaboration since 2013 to collectively seek inspiration. www.foundrehotels.com.

Ballet Behind the Scenes

Ballet Arizona along with Artistic Director Ib Andersen may be known for their famous Nutcracker performance each year, but they have much more up their sleeves – think storybook romances, original ballet performances at Desert Botanical Garden, Balanchine pieces and more. Now, a few weeks prior to the opening of a new ballet, Ballet Arizona (www.balletaz.org) will invite the public to Studio Spotlight, an intimate rehearsal during which Andersen and Ballet Arizona dancers discuss the upcoming performance. Prima Circle donors are able to experience another level of learning with events held just before each Studio Spotlight. Over cocktails and appetizers, Prima Circle members are treated to a social event where ballet insights and insider information are dispensed by Andersen and Ballet Arizona’s roster of professional dancers.   Upcoming Events April 28: All Balanchine May 23: Topia UPTOWN |

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Seafood Spectacular LGO Hospitality, owner of local seafood eatery Buck & Rider, recently partnered with a small oyster farm in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington to cultivate LGO’s very own oyster aptly named Buck & Rider. This hands-on approach in sourcing the freshest possible seafood is a first among the Arizona culinary community, reinforcing LGO’s sea to table outlook. The oyster made its official debut at the restaurant, in both the main dining room and at Abby’s Oyster Bar, in March, selling out the first round of oysters in just four hours. The Buck & Rider oyster is sustainably cultivated near Ayock Point on the Hood Canal in Washington. In aquaculture, the farming of oysters is considered best practice unlike the farming of fish. The Hood Canal is a glacier fjord that sits at the base of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. This fjord receives a consistent inflow of fresh water from natural springs, rivers and creeks, as well as a massive amount of rainfall, which oysters covet. www.buckandrider.com.

Jazz & Jambalaya Enjoy the sounds of smooth jazz while indulging in comfort food during this Southern-influenced series. In addition to the regular Southern Rail menu, chef Justin Becket is serving up his signature dish as well as Sazerac. while diners enjoy the live music native to New Orleans, Louisiana each Sunday through April 30, excluding Easter Sunday (April 16). Guests will feast on a mixture of creole tomatoes and rice served with smoked chicken, Andouille sausage and sauteed shrimp. Now that’s what we call a Sunday funday! www.southernrailaz.com

Raise a Glass! Crudo is celebrating its five year anniversary. To commemorate, the restaurant and cocktail lounge is offering a special weeklong menu (April 11-15) featuring five fan favorite drinks and dishes from the past half-decade. Led by Chef/Co-Owner, Cullen Campbell, and Mixologist/Co-owner, Micah Olson, the restaurant and cocktail lounge’s “best-of” food menu includes the albacore Crudo, dumplings, mushroom gratin, squid ink risotto, and short rib. Known for their craft cocktails, Crudo will be serving up hand-shaken $5 sips (which will be served both inside Bar Crudo and in the main dining room) including the Modest Monk, Arcadia Club, Rebel’s Son and 1951. www.crudoaz.com.

Through the Lens

Arizona Science Center welcomes its new exhibit, NIKON Small World Photomicrography. From April 8 through June 4, the center will feature 20 prizewinning photomicrographs. The 2016 Nikon International Small World Competition recognizes excellence in photography through the microscope and showcases the top photomicrographs. These photomicrographs capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye, and may be of great technical significance as well as sheer beauty to contemplate. This exhibit is free with general admission. www.azscience.org. UPTOWN |

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Happily Ever After League Fairytale Tea

April 7, 6:30 p.m. The Down Syndrome Network, which includes new parent outreach, early intervention programs, educational workshops, medical outreach, and direct family and individual support, hosts a dazzling event to benefit the organization’s comprehensive services. The casino “Rock&Roll” themed night, which includes a silent and live auction, will also feature entertainment by The Phoenician Four. Individual tickets, $75. www.dsnetworkaz.org.

April 9, 1 p.m. Happily Ever After League (HEAL), an organization that supports moms through cancer recovery, invites you to its Fairytale Tea. Guests will gather at The Camby Hotel to enjoy a whimsical day to raise necessary funds for HEAL’s moms. Guests will put together and decorate a table based on their favorite a fairytale, storybook or movie. The afternoon will also include tea, small treats and memories that will last a lifetime. Individual tickets, $75. www.happilyeverafterleague.org.

Distinguished Speakers Series: Garry Kasparov

Susan G. Komen Arizona’s 2017 Promise Breakfast

April 10, noon The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute proudly presents Garry Kasparov as a speaker in the Distinguished Speakers Series. Kasparov is a world chess legend, Russian pro-democracy leader and chairman of Human Rights Foundation. Guests will enjoy a luncheon and program where Kasparov will share his background in chess, politics, and his role as the chairman of the Human Rights Foundation and chairs in International Council. Individual tickets, $50-$150. www.oconnorinstitute.org.

April 18, 7:30 a.m. Pink is the Susan G. Komen foundation’s trademark color. Don your shades of pink at the 2017 annual Promise Breakfast. The Breakfast will be an inspiration morning full of hope and excitement. Komen Arizona will speak on its priorities moving forward and the work the organization hopes to achieve through the support of the Valley community. The Promise Breakfast raises awareness and funds for breast cancer education, research and local community grants program. www.komenarizona.org.

SARRC Annual Community Breakfast

We Are United Luncheon

April 27, 7:30 a.m. Join Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) at Arizona Biltmore for its Annual Community Breakfast. Nearly 20,000 guests will come together to celebrate 20 years of serving the community through innovative research, programs, and services that provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. Advanced registration is required. Free. www.autismcenter.org.

GREAT EVENTS TO ATTEND THIS MONTH! BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE

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April 28, 11 a.m. We are United Luncheon is a signature event to fund the Breakfast in the Classroom program, which ensures that every child starts the day with a breakfast and is ready to learn. Hosted by the Women’s Leadership Council at Valley of the Sun United Way, the luncheon will be held at The Phoenician with Geena Davis, Academy Award winning actress and advocate, as the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit the Breakfast in the Classroom initiative. Individual tickets, $100. www.vsuw.org.


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A SURPRISE SUPPER

Get wined, dined and have a good time BY GABBY RICHMAN

If You Go...

WHAT: Plated & Staged… A Herberger Theater Experience WHEN: April 30, 5 p.m. WHERE: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix TICKETS: Cocktail reception/ silent auction only, $50; individual ticket, $225; table of eight, $1,800. INFORMATION: www.herbergertheater.org.

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uests will dine at top various Valley restaurants to benefit Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs – Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, Multicultural Theater Camp and Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts. To add a little theater drama … people won’t find out where they are dining until the night of the event. “The element of surprise is unique and fun. We want this event to be something a little bit different … not the usual chicken dinner affair,” explains Laurene Austin, development and marketing director of Herberger Theater Center. Although you won’t find out the exact

restaurant you’ll be dining at, we got the inside scoop on some of the participating restaurants this year – including Sel, a fine dining prix fixe contemporary American restaurant; Southern Rail, a kitschy eatery serving updated versions of Southern American classics; Rusconi’s American Kitchen, a bustling pick for wood-fired new American dishes; and LON’s at The Hermosa Inn, which specializes in globally inspired Arizona cuisine in an exquisite setting. Each restaurant will specially prepare a three-course meal and wine for the evening. Guests will find out where they are eating just before departure at 7 p.m. “Restaurants are selected based on uniqueness and location. The event helps APRIL 2017 |

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us shine the spotlight on some of the Valley’s most amazing chefs and restaurants” Austin explains. Although you can request to be with your friends, there’s also the opportunity to mingle with new people throughout the dinner, with around 200 people expected to attend. “Guests purchase tables of eight and dine with their friends, clients, etc. Single tickets may also be purchased and guests will be placed at tables with new friends,” Austin says. The evening will begin at the Herberger Theater for a cocktail reception, silent auction and entertainment. Some silent auction items up for grabs include a leather jacket by Evans Furs, a Neiman Marcus in-store party event, a facial, private wine tastings, a Knoll Bertoia diamond chair, NightRider jewelry and a South Africa safari package. Before you bid on the most expensive item on the table, you might be wondering where the money goes. To the kids, of course! “Annual fundraising benefits the Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs – Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, Wolf Trap and Theater Camp. The programs are designed to give Arizona children (ages 3-19) opportunities to excel, learn and heal through the arts,” Austin says.


do 27TH SEASON OF WINEMAKER DINNERS – SEQUOIA GROVE WINERY April 6, Wright's at The Biltmore Calling all vino fans! Embark on a journey of fine wine and a four-course dinner at a Winemakers Dinner at the Biltmore's signature Wright's restaurant. The event, hosted by the chef de cuisine, pairs visits from notable Californian winemakers with a unique menu designed to complement the vintner's wine selections. This month's star is the exquisite Sequoia Grove Winery, a familyowned winery that specializes in cabernet sauvignon founded in 1979 in a 110-year old barn beneath a grove of Sequoia trees in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Cheers! 6:30 p.m. $120. www.arizonabiltmore.com. LIVER LIFE WALK April 8, Steele Indian School Park It only takes one step, one walk to have a future ... one without liver disease. Register with a team or fly solo to The American Liver Foundation's Liver Life Walk. The pet-friendly fundraising walk will bring nearly 1,000 walkers to pound the pavement in a 5K and 1K course. Walkers will enjoy the fresh outdoors, prizes and delicious food. Liver Life Walk allows people affected by liver disease to come together and raise critical funds and awareness for the American Liver Foundation. 8 a.m. $20. www.liverlifewalk.org.

PHOENIX PRIDE FESTIVAL April 1-2, Steel Indian School Park There will never be a dull moment at The Phoenix Pride festival, with over 150 entertainment performances across five different stages. Guests can expect a variety of different food vendors in addition to an arts expo, health and wellness pavilion, and kids’ space. The festival combines with government officials, services, private corporations and celebrities to raise positive awareness for the metro Phoenix LGBTQ community. 12 p.m.-9 p.m. $20. www.phoenixpride.org. NORTH MOUNTAIN BREWING BLUES BREWS & ARTS FESTIVAL April 2, North Mountain Brewing It’s that time of the year again as North Mountain Brewing brings a festival to the Valley that has an artistic vibe, music that rules and, of course, craft beer (and food). The daylong event will have a musical lineup that includes JC & The Juke Rockers, The Rocket 88’s, and Leon J, among others. This event is definitely one that all of your senses will enjoy! 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15. www.nmbluesbrewsandartsfest.com. SEX HIS WAY THE MUSICAL April 2, Herberger Theater The faith-based one act play has added some songs and choreography, for a new full-length musical production. Based off of Romans 6:16, this is a story of four women who meet monthly to discuss topics of interest for women. This musical will leave you laughing, crying, and evaluating your own life! 6 p.m. $28.50. www.herbergertheater.org.

APRIL CALENDAR WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY BROOKE GOLDSTEIN

7th Annual Downtown Music Stroll April 8, Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix is quickly becoming every foodie’s premier destination for fabulous fare. And who doesn’t love music? Well, the Phoenix Symphony is proud to bring the Valley’s food and music enthusiasts a night of tasty treats and sensational beats. The 7th Annual Music Stroll grants attendees a night to explore Valley restaurants and enjoy live music, good food and refreshing drinks. The funds raised from the stroll benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs. 2-5 p.m. $30. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

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D-BACKS RACE AGAINST CANCER April 9, Chase Field Walkers will gather in Downtown for this 5K and 1-mile Banana Boat family fun walk benefiting Arizona nonprofit organizations that provide screening, treatment and support for those dealing with all types of cancer. Hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, this year’s race starts and ends at the D-backs home stadium, Chase Field. Presented by the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, the walk includes a commemorative race shirt, drawstring bag, finisher medal and voucher for a game ticket to a select 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks home game. 5K, 7:15 a.m.; 1-mile, 8:30 a.m. $20-$50. www.arizona. diamondbacks.mlb.com. BASTILLE: WILD, WILD WORLD TOUR April 11, Comerica Theatre The British indie pop band, known for hits like Pomepeii and Flaws, is making its way to the Valley. Since Bastille released its debut album in 2013, the band has remained one of the most exciting acts in alternative rock, filling each arena they play in with upbeat energy. This is a concert that will have you on your feet, rocking to the music the entire time. 7:30 p.m. $30-$45. www.livenation.com. WOMEN AGAINST MS LUNCHEON April 14, Arizona Biltmore Nearly 75 percent of all Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients are women. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its 12th annual luncheon to better educate and galvanize our community against MS. Guests will share the joys of a fine lunch while watching an inspirational program, with keynote


do speaker Camerone Parker. The Phoenix resident, model and TV personality will share her experiences with MS, diagnosed with the disease in 1998 and going public with her diagnosis in 2009. 11 a.m. $100. www. nationalmssociety.org. DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DREAM BIG April 15, Talking Stick Resort Arena Get ready to dream big as you enter a world of magic and adventure at the latest Disney on Ice show to come to Phoenix. This enchanted tale brings Belle, Cinderella, Tinker Bell and many other loved characters to life through the artistry of ice skting to create a memorable family experience. Through a hilarious and charming performance, the characters will perform high flying jumps, breathtaking skating and daring acrobatics that will have you and your family captivated. 6:30 p.m. $15-$184. www.talkingstickresort.com. PHOENIX IMPROV FESTIVAL 2017 April 20-22, Herberger Theater No memorizing necessary! Get ready for an evening of laughs at the unscripted jokes at this improv festival. The event celebrates improv, bringing comedians to performer from various parts of the world including Ireland, Canada, Australia and Turkey. These spontaneous and hilarious acts are ones you won’t want to miss. 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10-$20. www.herbergertheater.org. SCHUBERT’S SYMPHONY NO. 9 April 21-22, Phoenix Symphony A unique evening of classical and contemporary music awaits you, brought together as Tito Munoz leads The Phoenix Symphony in Franz Schubert’s final Symphony No. 9. All ages will enjoy the majestical scale and beautiful melodies of the orchestra. The program features the world-premiere of Maneein’s Violin Concerto. $18-$39. www.phoenixsymphony.org. PHOENIX MARGARITA MADNESS RUN April 22, Camelback Ranch Gather up your friends and family for a fun and unique 5K run, focused less on speed and more on fun! Whether you are a pro runner or a park walker, the 3 miles of the Margarita Madness will have you waiting for the next one! The best part? At the end of the run receive a margarita as part of your accomplishment! Enjoy some more drinks at the after party with music and entertainment. 3 p.m. $40. www.margaritamadness5krun.com. DINNER ON THE DESERT April 22, Desert Botanical Garden Event chair Rebecca Ailes-Fine invites you to experience the beautiful desert at dusk and all that it has to offer. Guests will sip cocktails and watch nature’s setting sun spread magical colors over the garden while bidding at the unique garden-themed auction offerings including distinctive plants, pots, garden art, and unusual and exciting experiences. As the sun dips beneath the mountains, the night sky will become the backdrop to savor fresh, seasonal cuisine. After dinner, partygoers will enjoy music, dancing and socialize with

PHX3on3 Basketball Tournament April 29-30, Talking Stick Resort Arena

Basketball lovers of all ages and skills will love this slam dunk event. With 40 courts surrounding the arena and several additional streets Downtown, the city landscape will transform into a giant basketball paradise for players and spectators, creating the ultimate hoops festival and basketball tournament. This fun-filled family event will include a youth fun zone area, slam dunk contest, celebrity appearances, media 3on3 contests and more! 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $80-$150 a team. www.phx3on3.net.

friends underneath the desert's starry sky. 6 p.m. $600. www.dbg.org. 2017 MAYOR’S INTERNATIONAL GALA April 27, Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Join Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Sister Cities for an evening of international cuisine and entertainment from around the world for a worldly experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to win round-trip travel to any Phoenix sister city, as well as thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Are you ready to take flight? 6 p.m.-7 p.m. $20. www.phoenixsistercities.org. KINGS OF LEON April 29, Ak-Chin Pavillion Rock out with Kings of Leon as they jam to hit songs from their newly released album, Walls. APRIL 2017 |

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This concert will have you rocking out and standing on your feet the entire time. Enjoy classic songs such as Sex on Fire, Don’t Matter, and Radioactive, at this must-see event. 7 p.m. $20-$250. www.livenation.com. ARAB AMERICAN FESTIVAL April 29-30, Indian School Park Join Arizona’s largest Arab celebration, highlighting the many joyous sides Arab countries and all their unique cultures have to offer. All ages will enjoy the music, arts and crafts, children's activities, and authentic food being served. Not to mention hours of non-stop live entertainment from here and all over the world, including electrifying belly dancers, traditional vocalists, contemporary rap artists, and rousing whirling folkloric dancers! 4 p.m.9 p.m. $5. www.arabamericanfestival.com.


out April 27: Torch Celebrity chef and TV personality Robert Irvine and local mixologist Jason Asher (Counter Intuitive and Undertow) will host this Polynesian-themed evening, where mixologists will compete to make the best cocktail of the night, pairing each with delectable small bites set up throughout the Sanctuary’s pool and lawn area. 7 p.m. $125. April 28: Birds and Bubbles Hosted by Todd English, this event will challenge an all-star lineup of Valley chefs including Stephen Jones (The Larder + The Delta and Homeboy’s Hot Sauce), Cullen Campbell (Crudo and Okra), Justin Beckett (Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail), Jeremy Pacheco (LON’s at The Hermosa Inn), Gio Osso (Virtù Honest Craft) and Beau MacMillan, as well as visiting chefs from around the country to dream up Southern-inspired dishes and pair them with … Champagne! VIP admission includes 45 minutes with the chefs. 7 p.m. $135; VIP $225.

Chef Beau MacMillan

Chef Robert Irvine

WELCOME TO NIRVANA

Enter a flavorful state of mind at Sanctuary’s inaugural, starstudded culinary festival BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Chef Scott Conant

April 28: Master of Taste honoring Chuck Wagner Chuck Wagner, owner and winemaker of Caymus Vineyards, and scion of the legendary Napa Valley vintner family, will be the guest of honor at an intimate dinner at one of Sanctuary’s elegant private estate homes. The evening will showcase the vintages of the Wagner Family of Wine. Preparing the feast will be local chefs Christopher Gross (Christopher’s and Crush Lounge), Matt Carter (Fat Ox and The Mission), Mark Tarbell (Tarbell’s and Tarbell’s Tavern), and Beau MacMillan. 7 p.m. $350. Limited availability. April 29: Golf Tournament During this tournament, which will take place at nearby Mountain Shadows, each foursome will be paired with a chef, star mixologist or notable sports figure. Registration, 10:30 a.m.; start, 12 p.m. $400 per player. April 29: Best of the West Hosted by Chopped judge – and recent Valley transplant – Scott Conant (Mora Italian), this evening will feature more than a dozen restaurant stations manned by celebrated chefs, including James Porter (TERRA Farm + Manor), Samantha Sanz (Talavera at Four Seasons Scottsdale), Sean Currid (Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails) and Beau MacMillan. VIP attendees gain early access and extra time with the chefs. 7 p.m. $145; VIP, $225.

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his spring, the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa will host famed celebrity chefs Todd English, Robert Irvine and Scott Conant – as well as their own Beau MacMillan and nearly a dozen of the Valley’s best and brightest chefs and mixologists – as they launch the Valley’s newest luxury food and wine event, Nirvana. The four-day festival, which will take place from April 27 to 30, will feature several first-ever events encompassing intimate conversation with culinary celebrities, tastings, sumptuous meals and exciting activities.

April 30: New Orleans Jazz & Bourbon Brunch Nirvana will come to a rousing finale with a New Orleans-style jazz brunch complete with live music and a bourbon twist, serving up everything from etouffee to feather-light beignets. 11 a.m. $85. A portion of proceeds will benefit HopeKids, which provides activities and support for families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition. For more information, visit www.nirvanafoodandwine.com.

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ooking for a fun day trip or long weekend away – without even having to leave the state? Located about three hours southeast of the Valley, Cochise County has something for everyone, from wine enthusiasts to outdoor adventurers, and there’s no better time than now (before summer’s heat sets in) to soak it up.

BENSON: Kartchner Caverns State Park Arizona is not only home to the Grand Canyon, but to another natural wonder – Kartchner Caverns. Named the “Best Cave in America” by USA Today, Kartchner Caverns – which is merely one attraction in the state park – is a “live” cave where glistening formations continue to grow and evolve. Highlights within the caverns include a 21-foot soda straw stalactite (one of the world’s longest), a 58-foot column called the Kubla Khan, and the most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk on the planet. Tours are offered almost daily starting at $23.

WILLCOX & SONOITA: Wine Country Willcox, located in the southeastern part of the Cochise County wine region, produces more than 70 percent of the wine grapes grown in Arizona. And while some of the growers have tasting rooms scattered across the Valley, Tucson and Northern Arizona, there is nothing quite like visiting the real deal, including stops at Carlson Creek, a family-owned and -operated, 80-acre vineyard; Golden Rule, which just opened its first tasting room in 2014 and focuses on zinfandel, sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz; and Sand-Reckoner, which has garnered national attention in recent years and is available by appointment only. There is also Sonoita, located just a few miles from Cochise APRIL 2017 |

County. As home to one of the top wine trails in the U.S., April is among the best times to visit as the region will host the sixth annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival at Kief-Joshua Vineyards April 22-23. The event will feature tastings from wineries including: Alcantra Winery and Vineyard, Arizona Stronghold, Page Spring Cellars, Callaghan Vineyards, Village of Elgin Winery and Sonoita Vineyards.

SIERRA VISTA: Outdoor Adventures To most, Sierra Vista is known as a global leader in military intelligence as well as a bustling hub for cybersecurity research, workforce development, testing and certification. But, beyond that, the area is one of Arizona’s best-kept tourism secrets Amateur astronomers can find a host of stargazing opportunities because of Sierra Vista’s dark sky ordinances and vast, unlit county lands, which make the stars shine even brighter. In total, there are 16 observatories in the area. San Pedro Valley Observatory is a favorite as it specializes in individualized experiences. Guests can book a two-hour session for up to four people with one of the observatory’s professional astronomers. Sierra Vista also happens to be the official Hummingbird Capital of the United States, and home to more than 250 species of migrating and nesting birds. Free, guided bird walks along the San Pedro River are offered twice each week. The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory also conducts hummingbird research and banding (a way to measure the birds’ migration) between April and September. Watching the banding at the San Pedro House is free, but donations keep decade-long the program going. For more information, visit www.explorecochise.com.

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WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A CHEF? I never knew or even thought I was ever going to be a cook for a living. But I had a medical issue at age 26 that made it impossible for me to continue to work in the construction industry, so I thought, why not do something I was good at and loved doing? And that thing just happened to be cooking. WHAT INSPIRED YOUR STYLE OF COOKING? My cooking is a representation of my mother, as well as the many chefs I’ve worked with who inspired and taught me to be the cook that I am. THE ONE INGREDIENT YOU PROBABLY USE MOST IS… American cheese, who doesn’t love cheese? IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE… On The Voice auditioning to be on Team Adam. WHAT’S ONE FAVORITE COOKING TIP YOU CAN SHARE? Get your knives sharpened often. WHAT FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Chips and dip of any kind. YOU COOKED A LOT FOR YOU AND YOUR SISTER WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER. WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR GO-TO MEALS TO MAKE? When my mom was traveling I would try to mimic everything she would make: pork chops & scalloped potatoes, meatloaf, spaghetti, and everyone has that chicken casserole they grew up with. TELL US ABOUT THE STOCK & STABLE MENU: An ever-evolving and creative take on simple, straightforward food, but made with top-notch ingredients and done with a lot of care.

CHEF CONVERSATIONS

THE MOST UNDERRATED MENU ITEM IS… The black cod. It’s really our take on a classic Italian-American cioppino, or fish stew, but it’s such an underrated gem. I love how everything from the seafood to the San Marzano tomato base, it all just works. It’s underrated because a server has to know how to sell it, and the guest has to trust that they can get a great seafood dish here in the desert.

In the kitchen with Joe Absolor, chef and partner of Stock & Stable BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Stock & Stable, 5538 N 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.stockandstable.com.

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WOMACK’S SIDE CAR More like main event ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS.

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egends never die, especially at The Womack. The hot spot was actually conceived in homage to Chez Nous, an eclectic, eccentric Phoenix bar that first opened in 1963, but closed a few years ago. “Given Chez Nous opened more than 50 years ago, it pre-dated all of the highconcept libations so common today. As a result, our drink menu is a nod to simplicity, full of cocktail classics, with a twist,” saya Stevie Raeann, general manager of The Womack. One of their best bets: the Side Car. As with a traditional Side Car, The Womack’s ($10) begins with cognac, a very smooth type of brandy with pronounced floral notes. “But we use one part Mandarine Napoleon cognac and one part Hine VSOP Cognac as our base spirits rather than just one,” Raeann explains. “The Mandarine has more of a citrus flavor than most other cognacs, so it can take the place of the orange liqueur often found in Side Cars. The Hine is actually developed using champagne, so it compliments this citrus.” The ingredients are combined in a shaker with fresh lemon juice, made daily, and homemade hazelnut simple syrup, giving the cocktail a touch of nuttiness. After ice and a few good shakes, it is strained into a coup glass, which has been dusted on the rim with a sugar made from real hazelnuts. The Womack, 5749 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.283.5232; www.thewomack.us.

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THINK GREEN

Brighten your space with grassy, garden-inspired decor BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Hand-woven reversible wool and cotton rug, Kate Spade New York, $72 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Tufted sofa, Old Hickory Tannery, $5,099 at Horchow, www.horchow.com. Stacked table lamp, Bassett Mirror Company, $218.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Acrylic wall art with spring botanicals, Still, $269 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Fishnet citrus pillow, $25 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. UPTOWN |

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In honor of Earth Day, celebrate our planet while fueling your wanderlust with a handcrafted globe from Bellerby & Co Globemakers. The London-based studio constructs hundreds of globes each year that are not only shipped worldwide but have also appeared in films and been commissioned by the Louvre Museum. Trained globemakers create each element of these mini-worlds – which range from desk-size up to four feet in diameter – and globes can be customized with engravings, maps and artwork to commemorate a special occasion or journey. The result? Onlookers are transported to exciting locales all over the world. Prices range from $1,445 to $71,700. www.bellerbyandco.com. APRIL 2017 |

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WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG? Must-have items to bring on your daily adventures BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Holly Drive compact mirror, Kate Spade New York, $29.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Skull metallic leather flap wallet, Alexander McQueen, $745 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Small zip cosmetic case in Cuban tiles pattern, $24 at Vera Bradley, 602.956.2500. Woven business card case, Bottega Veneta, $320 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Clear iPhone 6/6s case with pineapples (also available for 7/7 Plus), SONIX, $35 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. UPTOWN |

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BUCKLE UP!

Add some pizzazz to your waistline with his and hers belts BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

His: Reversible blue monogrammed leather with coated canvas, MCM, $295 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Gray suede, Bugatchi, $89 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Navy leather, Salvatore Ferragamo, $540 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.6000. Hers: Red with gold studs and flower buckle, Gucci, $990 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Light brown lettered croc-embossed leather, Moschino, $320 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Braided leather, Salvatore Ferragamo, $425 at Zappos Luxury, www.luxury.zappos.com. APRIL 2017 |

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Jo Malone London Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub Blended with conditioning sunflower seed, shea butter and natural fragments of walnut shell, this scrub will leave your skin feeling satin-smooth and revitalized. Gentle enough for frequent use, the scrub buffs the skin, causing it to feel soft and supple. With a scent developed to complement Jo Malone’s London Fragrances, the scrub will subtly scent your body with vibrant geranium layered with the warmth of walnut. $55 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

SPRING CLEANING

Powerful products to rejuvenate skin and hair

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n the spirit of spring cleaning, now is the time to revamp your regimen to give your skin and hair a good refresh. After all, a cleansing session is always good for your soul, mind and, of course, your body. Satisfy your skin this season, ensuring nothing is left behind from the winter months, with these powerful, holygrail cleansing agents.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser This top-notch formula, good for your morning or nighttime routine, is packed with a cocktail of crucial vitamins and minerals that will leave your skin balanced and replenished. Don’t let the word oil in the product name fool you into thinking it’s not good for your face; this cleanser uses the good oils in your skin to remove the bad oils, mixed with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients to improve the appearance of your skin. $72 at Citrine Beauty Bar, 602.955.2354. Guerlain Eau de Beauté Micellar Cleansing Water Enhance your skin care routine with this vital beauty potion. The micellar cleansing water embodies makeup remover, cleanser and toner, making it an all-in-one problem solver. Rich in nigella flower oil, it administers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that result in replenished and rejuvenated skin. All you need is a cotton pad to apply the gel-like liquid, setting you up for astonishing freshness – no rinsing required! $59 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo Purify your mane with this revolutionary clarifying shampoo and say goodbye to dirt, oil and buildup in just one pump. Constructed as an aerosol mousse formula, once mixed with water, volcanic ash works to exfoliate and prep your hair for ultimate shine and texture. The shampoo will unveil a fresh canvas with its key ingredients being sea kelp extract, eucalyptus and green tea extract. $44 at Neiman Marcus. Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face Take your skin care to a new level with this truly innovative and luxurious grain mixture – it’s actually an ancient Japanese beauty secret that claims to have a face lift effect. The dry facial scrub contains Japanese adzuki bean powder that acts as a multipurpose product, eliminating dry skin while fostering cell turnover. Its versatile composition works as a solo exfoliant or can be combined with any cleanser to create a custom scrub. $46 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Spotlight:

EUROPEAN ESTATE BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTOS COURTESY OF RUSS LYON SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

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he famed Biltmore Circle is an area most Phoenicians recognize as the Crown Jewel of Phoenix. The neighborhood is surrounded by both mountain and golf course views, each home more aweinspiring than the next. This Santa Barbara-style home, which is over 10,000 square feet, is a cut above the rest. As you pull up to the front, the home is set back, only exposing classic brick columns, mature greenery, a statement fountain and the wonder of what could lie behind the private, gated circle driveway and inside the home. Grand is one word to describe the dwelling, which features authentic materials and elegant finishes curated from world travels that have been blended for a memorable, unique space. Rich additions

like Italian slab marble, gold leaf detailing, vaulted ceilings, custom molding, forged iron and carved limestone grace the eightbedroom, 11-bathroom residence. An essence of drama is brought to the foyer, as you’re greeted with two sweeping staircases on either side of the entry. Past the entrance lies a formal living room and dining salon, before you head to the Clive Christian kitchen, showcasing top-tier appliances. Make your way to one of the most striking areas of the home – a Moroccaninspired game room and bar, where you’ll be transported to a night in Casablanca, Morocco. Additional main-home highlights include an extensive family room, master suite, library with a built-in bookcase, several wet bars, and an elevator. APRIL 2017 |

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As you stumble upon the backyard of the home, you’ll encounter lush landscaping and extensive patios, ideal for both intimate and larger celebrations. Fire up the built-in barbeque, host a cocktail hour under the gazebo, or have a sunset pool party as you enjoy the view. With an outdoor kitchen, living room and bar, the possibilities are endless. The property also features a two-bedroom guest casita, equipped with both a kitchen and living room. 37 Biltmore Estates Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Listed for $6,7000,000 with Frank Aazami, 480.266.0240 or faazami@gmail.com, and Mary Ann Kelley, 602.821.5315 or ma.kelley@ cox.net, both with Russ Southeby’s International Realty.


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iagara Falls is home to one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders, but a visit to the falls is also a chance to explore some of the richest cultural history in the U.S., hike through the Niagara Gorge, and explore caves and canals – plus, sample local flavors and sip award-winning wines.

Niagara Falls Established in 1885, Niagara Falls State Park spans 400 acres along the Niagara River and, of course, the magnificent falls. Three waterfalls make up Niagara Falls – Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil falls – and you can view all three from the U.S. side of them (in New York) without crossing into Canada. The best first view is from Terrapin Point, looking down on Horseshoe Falls. The historic overlook was restored in summer 2016. You can then board the Maid of the Mist, originally launched in the 1800s as a scenic boat tour and still one of the most thrilling experiences at Niagara Falls. After donning a blue raincoat, set off for a 30-minute ride past the base of American Falls toward the

FALLING FOR NIAGARA Up close to an American wonder

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thundering power of Horseshoe Falls. As the water rumbles nearby, you suddenly feel quite small. Another equally impressive experience is Cave of the Winds, giving you a chance to walk on the Hurricane Deck at the base of American and Bridal Veil falls, and a chance to get up close with water crashing inches away. Workers tear down these massive decks each fall and rebuild them every spring to keep them from being damaged by heavy winter ice. UPTOWN |

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After experiencing the falls, head to Schoellkopf Power Station. When completed in 1924, it was the largest hydroelectric power station in the world. After the original station collapsed in 1956, the area became part of the Niagara Gorge hiking trail system. Today, there is an impressive elevator that takes you from the upper roadway down to the river.


PHOTO COURTESY OF NIAGARA USA TOURISM

PHOTO COURTESY OF NIAGARA USA TOURISM

PHOTO BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM

PHOTO COURTESY OF NIAGARA USA TOURISM

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Cultural History One of the best places to explore Niagara’s rich cultural history and get a look at the countryside is to drive 20 minutes north to Old Fort Niagara. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Fort Niagara was originally established as French Fort Conti in 1679. It has been under French, British and U.S. flags during its time in service. Now fully restored, it offers visitors a chance to step back in time, experiencing a soldier’s life during the 18th and 19th centuries. The 363-mile long Erie Canal was the first transportation system to run from New York City to the Great Lakes. Head to Lockport, about 35 miles east of Niagara, to take an excursion on Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises. The two-hour cruise takes you through five of the original locks, including Locks 34 and 35, the only double set on the Erie Canal. While

you watch, 3 million gallons of water fill the locks, raising the boat 50 feet.

Wine Tasting The countryside around Niagara Falls sits on the shores of Lake Ontario. With its cool climate (but long days during growing season), there are some great wines in this unique place, including lovely pinot noirs. While traditionally known for its late harvest and ice wines, this is an ideal destination for even the most discriminating wine lovers. APRIL 2017 |

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A favorite, in nearby Gasport, New York, is Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, pouring more than 20 varieties of wines (you must try the award-winning pinot noir). You’ll also find hard cider, homemade goodies, and beautiful gardens to stroll.

Dining and Lodging If you can pull yourself away from the natural beauty, there are amazing places to eat in Niagara. Book dinner reservations at Savor, a fine dining restaurant inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Savor provides students a hands-on learning experience where you’ll enjoy dishes prepared with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Nearby Lewiston is a charming village filled with boutiques and shops, and food is plentiful for such a tiny town. Afternoon lunches are ideal on the patio at Water Street Landing – order the crab cakes to start. A favorite dinner spot along Center Street is Carmelo’s, which serves rustic Italian cuisine. Though Chef Carmelo Raimondi changes the menu daily, the housemade pastas are a must. After all the activities and aliments, head to The Giacomo, a luxury boutique hotel in the old United Office Building in downtown Niagara. The building and its 41 hotel rooms, constructed in 1929 art deco style, is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you aren’t quite ready to end your day, head to the Sky View Lounge on the 19th floor on weekdays at 10 p.m. to see fireworks over the falls. Learn more about Niagara at www.niagara-usa.com.


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vital stats: 2018 Lexus LC 500 Price: $92,975 Price as tested: $98,000 (est.) Seating: 4 Engine: 5.0-liter Horsepower: 471 Fuel economy: 16/26 mpg city/highway Fab features: Gorgeous styling Exhilarating performance Unparalleled engineering

2018 LEXUS LC 500

A new luxury coupe paves the way with visual excitement and exhilarating performance BY JIM PRUETER

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lmost everything about Lexus’ new flagship coupe screams “irresistible.” Inspired by the 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 and LC 500h (a hybrid version) have presence and savoir faire that are nearly off the charts. At the recent media introduction of the all-new Lexus LC500 on the Big Island of Hawaii, Lexus executives made it clear that their objective is for “boring” and Lexus to never be associated. The new LC has set a new demarcation that clearly separates the brand’s future design language from the past. Don’t just take my word for it – ask those who slowed down and hung out their car windows snapping photos of it, or the UPTOWN |

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gawkers who asked permission to take a selfie alongside the car. This is the future of modern automotive design, fully realized. Styling begins with the best execution yet of Lexus’ signature spindle grille. Triple-stacked LED Polaric Ellipsoid System headlamps about the size of a deck of playing cards are the most compact, high-density design on any production car to date. The front fenders are nearly nonexistent, with 20-inch wheels that practically breach the dramatically long, wide and low hood. The roof is entirely made of glass; the optional Sport package includes a carbon fiber roof, trunk lid and doorsills. Hood, front fenders and doors are aluminum, and the rear fenders are steel. Other packages include Touring and Performance. Out back, the cab-rearward monocoque gives way to muscular, flared rear haunches. The LED taillights employ a series of mirrors to create a 3-D tunnellike effect. It is eye candy from any angle. Inside, the LC 500 is equally gorgeous, with a stitched leather dash and center console, plus leather seats with optional hand-sewn Alcantara inserts. The LC 500 is built on Lexus’ new front engine, rear-drive global architecture that will also be used for the upcoming LS flagship sedan. It’s powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter, 471-horsepower V-8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. A push of the button brings to life the satisfying mellifluous exhaust notes. Performance, as expected, is fast, instantaneous and, of course, fun. Zero to 60 mph takes just 4.5 seconds. Handling is spectacular with a firmly sprung suspension; even twisty Hawaiian mountain roads were handled confidently with poise and assurance. If your interest is piqued, act fast. Lexus says just 400 units per month will be available when the LC 500 and LC 500h go on sale next month.


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or Drs. Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery is more than just a business, it is their ‘home’ where they welcome every patient into the ‘Mosharrafa Family’. They provide care that truly reflects that, and it is also a means to give back to the community. For nearly 20 years, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery has been impacting the community through service to patients and local charities. In 2015, the brothers formally launched a non-profit organization, Beauty for Good. The mission: ‘To make beautiful changes in individuals inspire beautiful changes in our community.’ It was created to be more purposeful with their charitable efforts. By donating a portion of their profits, they are able to provide support and awareness to several local charities. ‘Cosmetic surgery is a beautiful thing when it improves the life of one person’, Dr. Tamir says. ‘What an even greater experience it is when it improves the lives of many’. Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery will host the first annual Beauty for Good Gala April 29, 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. For more information or to purchase tickets go to https://beautyforgood.eventbrite.com

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Vacationready ensembles with vibrant, feminine flair

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EARRINGS: Silver jeweled stud, Jeff Lieb, $105. NECKLACE: Silver statement, $158. DRESS: Pink with ruffle hem, Joseph Ribkoff, $228. All from Carine Gainey Village, 480.483.3888.

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NECKLACE: Gold statement, $178. TOP: Red honey tank and overshirt set, Newport by Carine, $128. PANTS: White flare, Newport by Carine, $98. All from Carine Gainey Village, 480.483.3888.

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NECKLACE: Turquoise shark tooth, $108. TOP: White ruffle tunic, Joseph Ribkoff, $178. PANTS: Multicolor wide leg, Eva Varro, $118. All from Carine Gainey Village, 480.483.3888.

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NECKLACE: Orange stone statement, $78. TOP: Patterned threequarter length sleeve T-shirt, Newport by Carine, $78. PANTS: Ruched blue capri, Carine, $88. All from Carine Gainey Village, 480.483.3888.

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NECKLACE: Gold branch, $148. DRESS: Black-andwhite striped polka dot T-shirt, Newport by Carine, $98. Both from Carine Gainey Village, 480.483.3888.

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NECKLACE: Black statement, $198. TOP: Floral three-quarter length sleeve blouse, Komarov, $178. PANTS: White palazzo, Eva Varro, $118. All from Carine Gainey Village, 480.483.3888.

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RING: Blue-andwhite wrap, $58. All from Carine Gainey Village, 480.483.3888. NECKLACE: Silver 3-D design, $78. DRESS: Navy-andwhite tropical net, Dolcezza, $138.

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Allison Irwin and Rosie Derryberry

Dan Boman and Braden Santarcangelo

Tracy Tucker and Jacque Linaman

Sam and Brittany Grooms

The Sycamore Party BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Community members got a sneak peek of The Sycamore, a new semi-custom community where modern farmhouse architecture meets Arcadia living. Guests enjoyed sips and snacks while taking a look at the project, which is walking distance from some of Central Phoenix’s premier eateries and amenities. Ryan and Jennifer Campo

Monique Heatherly and Ian Katzman

Jaclyn Boyes and Kash Zuberi

Cocktails & Clothes BY BEN ARNOLD

Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) hosted its annual happy hour and clothes fundraiser to help restock the free Clothing Boutique for AWEE participants. Guests donated gently and used clothing and accessories for both women and men who are working toward creating a better tomorrow through the dignity of work. Amy Shelton and Jami Savage-Gray Pat Watts and Karen Halpert

Catherine Alonzo and Jenessa Christensen

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Carol Gottfried and Stephanie Thier

Cindy and David Lorsch

Nikki Halle

Victoria Nazarov and Calvin Wilkins Sue Adatto and Tesz Millan

Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon BY BEN ARNOLD

Arizona Biltmore set the stage for this annual luncheon, hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS). Programming included JFCS presentations that spoke on the organization’s mission and services, as well as keynote speaker Andrew Bridge with a talk on foster care. Carol Seidberg and Ashley Faye

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Bill Dougherty and Lisa Applebe Annette and Lenny Frankel

Jesse and Deanna Trimble

AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art BY DAVID APEJI

Hospice of the Valley’s signature fundraising event drew artlovers and collectors alike for an exciting evening. The event, which took place at Arizona Biltmore, held a silent auction with pieces by renowned artists, one-of-a-kind experiences, trips, culinary delights and more. Dawn Roberts and Ellie Kalan

Derrick and Maricele Kempf

John O’Malley and Elaine Coffee

Matt and Sarah Peterson

Justin and Camille Schneider

Lin Sue Cooney

Jim and Rebecca Cherry

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Stephen Ramey and Angel Pennell Tony Wenck and Todd Wenck

Michelle Lamoureax and Jeff Johnson

Dreams of Summer Gala BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

This event, held at The Camby Hotel, raised funds for Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks, Arizona’s first children’s oncology camp for children with cancer and their siblings. Attendees enjoyed a silent and live auction, cocktail hour and elegant dinner. Kellie and Roy Lawson

Ray Pannell and Jacque Krum Michael Pennell, and Elizabeth and Josh Lorenzo

Caleb Murray, Trinity Moll and Caroline Jakubowski

Lynnette and Dave Carrington Ramiro Bravo and Angel Pennell

Audrey Koomar, Janice Vega and Stephanie Clarke

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drink

YO-HO-HO

Bottles of rum perfect for sunny day sipping BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

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elieve it or not, while they certainly popularized it, pirates did not, in fact, invent rum. It was actually 17th-century sugar farmers in the Caribbean with far too much residual molasses on their hands after harvesting sugar who developed the first process to distill rum. Today, rum sales in the U.S. are north of $2 billion per year alone. So, before your next afternoon poolside, brush up on your rum lore about three brands that helped the spirit succeed and make it a warm-weather favorite.

Captain Morgan Among the most popular brands is, of course, Captain Morgan. Originally developed and distributed out of the Caribbean island of Jamaica and named in honor of 17th-century pirate lord Captain Henry Morgan – one of the most notable pirates of all time – Captain Morgan has grown to be the second largest spirit brand in the U.S. The brand’s taste is achieved through a proprietary recipe, which is blended into the rum mixture at the final stages of production, making use of spices indigenous to the Caribbean. In recent months, the brand has expanded its portfolio, launching its newest product, Captain Morgan Loconut ($14.99), which blends real coconut

liqueur with rum and spices, perfect as a spring mixer of beach-infused flavor.

Don Q Like Caribbean islanders, Puerto Rican farmers also saw the benefit of recycling molasses into rum. Don Q, the region’s most popular brand, started with Don Juan Serrallés, who transformed his family’s small sugar cane business into rum more than 150 years ago. Using a pot still he imported from France, he produced the first casks of rum sold under the Serrallés name, laying the foundation for the Don Q legacy and also for Puerto Rico to become a world leader in rum production. Today, sixth-generation Serrallés distiller Roberto continues his family’s legacy with a variety of sustainably produced expressions, including the Gran Anejo ($59.99), a luxury rum that contains a blend of rums aged between nine and 12 years and Solera rums aged up to 50 years. The result is a balanced rum with a UPTOWN |

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smooth finish, showcasing hints of vanilla, honey and caramel. This rum is perfect for sipping neat or using in a classic OldFashioned cocktail.

Zacapa The town of Zacapa was founded in 1876 as a bustling railroad stop in Guatemala. Zacapa’s first formal rum product was initially developed in 1976 as a centennial-themed spirit distilled from the first pressing of sugar cane, which is called the “virgin honey,” and is cultivated in the fertile, volcanic soil of the Guatemalan coast. Over the past 40 years, Zacapa’s premium rum products have won awards across the globe and run the gamut of flavors, from butterscotch to oaky. Among their most impressive varietals is the Zacapa XO Rum ($99.99), which has notes of dark cherry chocolate, dried fruits and sweet oak spices. In fact, it is often called the “cognac of rums” and is almost always only taken neat, so as not to cloud the intense flavor.


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BY GABBY RICHMAN | PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

Fresh fish goes fast casual at Ocean Poke Company. The restaurant, opened in March, is riding the trending wave of Hawaiian and South Pacific poke bowls. Guests can either customize their own creations by choosing from an array of bases (think rice or grains), seafood selections, toppings (they offer a whopping 20!) and sauces. Not sure what would go well together? Simply order one of the seven predetermined signature bowls, including the OPC, pictured here. This colorful, healthy masterpiece ($10-$12 depending on scoop amount) features white rice, tuna, salmon, cucumber, carrots, watermelon, radish, wasabi, green onion and OPC house sauce. 3619 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 480.310.7016; www.oceanpokeco.com. APRIL 2017 |

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food files

Phoenix Public Market Café

HighSpirited Cupcakes

Central Kitchen

The Crepe Club

CRAFTED WITH COLOR

the Coronado PHX

Feast your eyes on nine vibrant dishes with bold flavors BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

broccoli; golden and red beets; French breakfast radishes; and tomatoes, are hand selected seasonally and served three ways – marinated, steamed and raw – along with green goddess, spicy aioli and curry mayonnaise dipping sauces. 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix; 602.253.2700; www.phxpublicmarket.com.

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hile dining is a journey for all the senses, we actually eat with our eyes long before we touch, smell or taste a dish. And what’s more appetizing than pops of color, especially during spring? This month, we sought out some Phoenix’s most vivid menu items to whet your visual appetite. But please, don’t eat the page!

PHOENIX PUBLIC MARKET CAFÉ Eat the Rainbow, $9.50 Farmer’s market vegetables, including graffiti, cheddar and white cauliflower;

BLANCO TACOS + TEQUILA Crab + Shrimp Ceviche, $14 Mixed with cucumber, avocado, and radish salad, this cold seafood indulgence combines all the zesty flavors of a spring vacation south of the border. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8000; www.blancotacostequila. com.

CENTRAL KITCHEN Root Beer-Brined & Smoked Pork Shoulder Tacos, $10 These build-your-own savory pork shoulder tacos are loaded into three corn flour UPTOWN |

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Blanco Tacos + Tequila


food files Urban Beans

The Vig

sauce on the side. 4041 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.553.7227; www.thevig.us. 6015 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.633.1187.

LADERA TAVERNA Y COCINA Cochinita Pibil, $16 Tender braised pork, vibrant pickled onions, sprinkled cotija cheese and frijoles churros are piled high on your plate for a feast served with a side of fresh, warm tortillas. 8729 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.606.2258; www.laderaphx.com.

HIGHSPIRITED CUPCAKES Ladera Taverna y Cocina

tortillas and can be topped with queso fresco, agave onions, whipped avocado, fire-roasted salsa, cilantro, cabbage, Camelback IPA-pickled jalapenos and lime-agave dressing. 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.8713; www.centralkitchenaz.com.

THE CREPE CLUB Smoked Salmon Crepe Wrap, $10.95 This newly launched menu item is a wrap made with the club’s signature crepe, rolled with smoked salmon, fresh mixed greens, capers and lemon and basil aioli. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0087; www.thecrepeclub.com.

THE CORONADO PHX Potato Tacos, $9 Savory potatoes mingle with purple cabbage, cotija cheese and housemade cilantro-lime dressing inside a toasted corn tortilla with fresh limes. Ask your server to hold the cheese and your tacos will be 100 percent vegan. 2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix, 602.252.1322; www.thecoronadophx.com.

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Cupcakes, $3.50-$4.50 each Pick a color, any color! Each flavor, including the Gin ‘n’ Juice, Rosé All Day and Three Amigos, combines the highest quality ingredients with thoughtfully chosen spirits (yes, spirits!) for a truly uniquely sweet experience. Located at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.340.1924; www.highspiritedcupcakes.com.

URBAN BEANS Rawcos, $9.95 These dazzlers start with two hearty purple cabbage shells and are then stuffed with “rawco meat,” made from spices, sesame seeds, carrots and nuts. Next comes sliced avocado and a drizzle of spicy Pleezsh, a nut-infused cheese sauce. 3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.595.2244; www.urbanbeans.com.


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(DOUGH) BIRD IS THE WORD Sam Fox’s newest culinary concept opens in Arcadia BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTOS BY FOX RESTAURANT CONCEPTS

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oughbird, recent James Beard nominee Sam Fox’s newest concept creation, is a far cry from conventionality. The stark white, 5,550-square-foot hot spot with a bright and charming interior opened its doors in late March, and is making a bold move by offering pizza and – wait for it – rotisserie meats, all served with comfort food on the side and a heaping helping of flavorful sauces. “This menu is inspired by flavors I've really come to love over the years” Fox says. “We’re cooking these up in the pizzas, on the rotisserie, and with a long list of sides as well as mixing them into our signature cocktails.”

According to Fox, to start, Doughbird will be offering a seasonal rotation of 12 to 15 pizzas and five rotisserie options ranging from prime rib to roasted cauliflower. Savory pizzas offered include a crispy pastrami with aged gruyere, pickled mustard seed, purple kale and rye; a spicy Romanesco with Calabrian chili, red onion, smoked mozzarella, capers and raisins; and even a spiral ham pie with Shishito peppers, spiced pineapples, Thai basil and smoked mozzarella, while the rotisserie will boast Rocky Free Range Chicken and Creekstone Farms Prime Rib, just to name a few. UPTOWN |

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“When it comes to the menu, we want guests to get creative,” adds Fox, noting Doughbird offers eight housemade sauce options to pair with one’s food, including a Jamaican jerk marmalade, jalapeno pesto and a cucumber feta yogurt. “Whether it's for your pizza, vegetables or rotisserie chicken, everyone loves a good dipping sauce,” he says. The sides are comfort food classics such as roasted potato wedges and macaroni and cheese. Of course, there are also lighter options, including several salads. And for those not looking to the lighter sides, the dessert menu boasts warm butterscotch cake and something Fox calls “The Elvis,” which is a peanut butter and chocolate parfait with bananas, whipped cream and bacon sandies. Then there are the cocktails. The quaint yet elegant bar overlooking the expo kitchen bar serves wine, local, regional and international craft beers including Four Peaks’ Kiltlifter and San Tan’s Moonjuice IPA, and dazzling specialty cocktails. Early favorites include the Afternoon Tea, a peach-infused rock sake with green mango tea, Aperol and clover honey, and the Raven & Geary Margarita, an anything-but-standard margarita with a three-tequila infusion, yuzu honey house sour and black lava salt. Doughbird is open Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located at 4385 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.345.9161; www.eatdoughbird.com.


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